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BJP-PDP Alliance In J&K Comes To An End

BJP-PDP Alliance In J&K Comes To An End
Mehbooba Mufti and Home Minister Rajnath Singh at a meeting earlier this month. (Source- Twitter account of Mehbooba Mufti)

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BJP-PDP Alliance In J&K Comes To An End

The BJP declared its withdrawal from its coalition government with the PDP in Jammu and Kashmir.

The BJP-PDP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir has come to an end.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in a letter to Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra, declared its withdrawal from its coalition government with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). BJP’s General Secretary Ram Madhav announced this decision following a meeting between party cabinet ministers, ministers from J&K, and party president Amit Shah in New Delhi.

In the aftermath of the split, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has sent in her resignation to the governor.

Why The Split Took Place

Reports claim that the move is a result of differences between the two parties over the Centre’s decision to end its Ramzan ceasefire with militants and terrorists in the region. On Saturday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh explained this decision in a series of tweets.

In a press conference, while citing irreconcilable ideological differences, Ram Madhav also accused the PDP of failing to deliver on its developmental promises. He claimed that the party had failed to cooperate with BJP legislators in the Jammu and Ladakh regions.

What This Means For The J&K State Assembly

The total number of seats in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly sits at 87, with 44 being the number required for a majority and the subsequent right to form the government. While the PDP managed to win 28 of these in the 2014 state election, the BJP won 25.

With the BJP-PDP alliance having ended, a hung assembly is likely to follow. The BJP said in its statement that Governor’s rule, which is likely to be imposed on the state now, is required in order for the country’s security and integrity to be protected.

According to a report by The Indian Express, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad called the BJP-PDP alliance a “Himalayan blunder” on the BJP’s part. He was further quoted as saying that there was no question of the Congress allying with the PDP to form government in J&K.

Differences within the BJP-PDP alliance, which lasted for three years, over the rising violence in the state have been building up for several months now, with either party publicly blaming the other for worsening conditions.

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